The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga

01 Oct 2014
The Reactive

In a city that has lost its shimmer, Lindanathi and his two friends Ruan and Cecelia sell illegal pharmaceuticals while chasing their next high. Lindanathi, deeply troubled by his hand in his brother’s death, has turned his back on his family, until a message from home reminds him of a promise he made years before. When a puzzling masked man enters their lives, Lindanathi is faced with a decision: continue his life in Cape Town, or return to his family and to all he has left behind. Rendered in lyrical, bright prose and set in a not-so-new South Africa, The Reactive is a poignant, life-affirming story about secrets, memory, chemical abuse and family, and the redemption that comes from facing what haunts us most.

Masande Ntshanga is the winner of the inaugural, 2013 PEN International New Voices Award.

Date of Publication: October 2014
ISBN: 9781415207192
Website: The Reactive
Publisher: Umuzi